New £1.2 million food store to open

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A new £1.2 million food store is set to open in a Boston village this week, with two neighbouring retail units to follow suit this summer.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s new outlet off Meadow Way. in Old Leake, opens its doors tomorrow (Thursday) and will replace its existing branch in Church Road.

The purpose-built food store will be more spacious with a bigger range of fresh products like fruit and veg, a food-to-go section, chilled beers and wines, a new in store bakery and a cash machine.

The village’s post office will also relocate to the new site.

A 32-space car park will be available for customers and the store will trade from 7am until 10pm, seven days a week.

Four jobs have been created and the existing 18 food store and post office staff will transfer over to the new site.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s store development manager Matt Wilkinson said: “Our Old Leake Food Store is very popular so we’re delighted to be providing the village with a new, modern store which will have more fresh products and a better layout.

“The post office is an important facility for the community and we’ll be continuing to provide that community service. The large car park will also make access to the store much easier for our customers.”

The store will be opened with an official ceremony at 9am. A £250 donation will be given to Old Leake Community Centre to mark the special occasion and the first 50 customers will be given a free bunch of flowers.

Alongside the food store and post office, Lincolnshire Co-op has created two retail units on the site.

These aim to be open by mid-summer and will bring new businesses to the village – Old Leake Fish and Chip Shop and Emily’s Bakehouse, a coffee shop serving breakfast, lunch and homemade cakes.

It follows the opening of a £1.3 million Lincolnshire Co-op food store in Boston’s Woodville Road in April.